Keynote Address/Opening Ceremony

Stress and Health Across the Lifespan

Time and Location
Thursday May 22, 2008, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sheraton 4 & 5

Shelley E. Taylor

Shelley E. Taylor
University of California, Los Angeles

Abstract
Shelley E. Taylor will discuss research that explores the early environmental and genetic origins of coping resources and their downstream effects on the brain’s responses to stress. In her Keynote Address, she will show how these pathways elucidate ways in which stress affects health across the lifespan.

Shelley E. Taylor is an APS Fellow and Charter Member. In 2001, she received the William James Fellow Award from APS in recognition of her significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology. Taylor has been an influential sculptor of thought and theory in the social sciences for over three decades, particularly where social and health psychology intersect. Before the formal birth of health psychology, Taylor was one of a handful of pioneers who appreciated the extensive potential that psychological research and theory had for biomedicine and patient care, disease management, prevention, and patient well-being.

At the University of California, Los Angeles, Taylor studies social relationships and how they are protective against stress. She studies self-regulation and coping, and explores the skills that people develop and use for anticipating stressful events and for minimizing their effects when they do occur.

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